Fundamentals of Learning Course

All openings have been filled, and applications are no longer being accepted for fall-winter 2017.

If you are a student in LA&PS who has received a Required to Withdraw decision, you are invited to consider applying to enroll in a course called Fundamentals of Learning (FND 1000 3.0). This 3.0 credit course meets every other week during both the Fall and Winter terms and on alternate weeks (when the FND class does not meet), students are coached as they practice and apply new skills and strategies in their other courses.

This course is designed specifically to support students such as yourself to reflect on their prior experience and to re-launch them for academic and personal success by helping them improve their learning skills and acquire the strategies needed for future employment and for well-being in life. Success in this course cannot happen without your active participation in the process of learning, and your commitment to practicing new skills and strategies to change how you approach school and life.


What topics are covered in the Foundations of Learning course?

The Fundamentals of Learning course (FND 1000 3.0) is grounded in current theory and practice related to student success, human development, and perseverance to achieve goals.

Three main topic areas are presented in the course:

  1. strategies for re-framing past experience and for re-focusing with a stronger sense of purpose and concrete goals;
  2. the acquisition and practice of key academic skills and strategies (e.g. improved note-taking, active reading, study and test-taking, asking good questions as a pathway to critical thinking, and improved process for participating in discussions, preparing oral presentations and writing academic papers); and
  3. strategies and skills that will position students for success in employment and in life generally (e.g. time management, maintaining focus and motivation, learning from and with others through teamwork, problem-solving and resilience, managing change and developing confidence and autonomy).

What is the format of this course?

Fundamentals of Learning (FND 1000 3.0) has a structure similar to that of other credit university courses, with lectures, tutorials, readings and assignments. One key difference is that this 3.0 credit course is not confined to a single term; instead the FND class meets for lecture and tutorial every two weeks throughout the Fall and Winter terms, and on alternate weeks (i.e. when the FND class is not held), students commit to practicing the new strategies and skills. Students in FND 1000 receive support and coaching from instructors as they implement key academic skills and techniques of self-regulation in their other academic courses.

Thus, rather than sitting out for the academic year (another option open to students who have received a Required to Withdraw decision), students accepted into this course will be permitted to continue in their degree program during the Fall/Winter 2017-18 academic year. They will be allowed to take between 6 and 18 credits while simultaneously taking the Fundamentals of Learning course. FND 1000 is a 3.0 credit course graded on a pass/fail basis. The tuition fee of the course is the same as that for other 3.0 credit courses and the cost is eligible for coverage under OSAP.
**Important reminder to students on OSAP : To be considered a full-time student for OSAP, you must take 18 academic credits (9 credits in each term).

Readings and Assignments
Regular weekly readings and assignments in the Fundamentals of Learning (FND 1000 3.0) course are hosted on the course Moodle site which will be made available during the first week of the academic year. You will be required to make full and regular use of the materials provided in FND 1000 and to practice the academic skills strategies and techniques of self-regulation and motivation in your other courses.

Attendance and Participation
The Fundamentals of Learning course allows you to continue your studies during the academic year without interruption in order to enable you to improve your academic skills and approaches to university learning. Your acceptance into Fundamentals of Learning comes with the expectation that you will attend all your classes--including the FND 1000 lecture and tutorial-- and participate fully in the course activities.
**Special note: Withdrawal from Fundamentals of Learning may only be arranged under certain circumstances and through the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies via email at Non-attendance does not constitute withdrawal from the course.

Grading in FND 1000 3.0 (pass/fail)
Fundamentals of Learning is a 3.0 course (pass/fail) that requires your regular active participation and commitment to practicing the concepts and strategies. Students who participate in all aspects of the course will gradually internalize the skills and discipline required for university success. Your grade in the course (pass/fail) will be based on the contents of your learning portfolio in FND 1000 3.0. In the portfolio you will demonstrate your understanding of key concepts and skills and prepare journals that contain critical reflections on your experiences when practicing the new skills and strategies.

Is this course for you?

The Fundamentals of Learning course is intended specifically for students who have received a Required to Withdraw decision from the University because of a low grade point average, and whose past performance does not adequately reflect their academic ability. This course is most appropriate for students who are prepared to commit to developing stronger learning skills and self-regulation strategies, rather than for those students whose past performance is the result of unfortunate personal crisis or illness. For students whose academic difficulties arose in the context of a personal crisis or illness, please refer to the Petitions web page.

If you are considering applying to enroll in this course, we encourage you to reflect on your current situation and determine if you are truly committed to participating fully in all aspects of the course. You will need to commit to applying key concepts and strategies and to trying new behaviours. The ultimate goal is to strengthen your ability to succeed in your courses and to complete your degree program. If you are selected for enrolment in this course it means that we have reviewed your record and feel confident in your ability to achieve academic success.

How to apply

To apply, you need to submit an online application form (use link below) in which you are asked to outline your understanding of the academic difficulties that you have experienced and to reflect on why you think that this course would benefit you. Your application should offer some insight into why you have not achieved grades that reflect your ability and should share your preliminary thoughts about the areas you need to develop in order to achieve academic success and be better positioned to complete your degree program.
Important note: If you are admitted to the Fundamentals of Learning course, you will be required to attend a short welcome and orientation event (see tab below on Mandatory Orientation Session) and to complete an orientation assignment during the final weeks of Summer 2017 preceding the start of classes. Completion of this assignment is a condition of your acceptance into the course.

>> APPLY NOW to the Fundamentals of Learning course (FND 1000 3.0)

The deadline to apply is June 9, 2017.

Lecture and Tutorial Schedule

The Fundamentals of Learning course is a 3.0 credit course that is spread over both the Fall and Winter academic terms. The course will consist of a one-hour lecture every other Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. in Vanier College 135. 

In addition, students will enroll in a 2-hour tutorial to be held the same weeks as lectures. On alternate weeks (when the FND 1000 class does not meet), students will implement in their other courses, the skills and strategies learned in the FND course. They will also complete assignments that require them to explore the range of supports for academic development and other matters at York – see tab below on Resources.

Lecture Times & Locations

Wednesdays 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Vanier College 135

Tutorial Times & Locations

  Time + Room Location


Wednesday 10:30am -11:20am
Vanier College 135
Diane Woody and Course Directors
Tutorial 1 Friday 9:30 am–11:30 am
Ross North 830A
Tutorial 2 Thursday 9:30 am–11:30 am
Ross North 830A
Tutorial 3 Wednesday 12:30pm-2:30pm
Vari Hall 1154
 Tutorial 4 Wednesday 2:30pm-4:30pm
Vari Hall 3003
Tutorial 5 Thursday 2:30pm-4:30pm
Vari Hall 1158
Tutorial 6 Wednesday 2:30pm-4:30pm
Vari Hall 3004
Tutorial 7 Friday 12:30pm-2:30pm
Vari Hall 2009
Tutorial 8 Friday 11:30am-1:30pm
Ross North 830A
Tutorial 9 Friday 10:30am-12:30pm
Bethune College 214
Tutorial 10 Wednesday 2:30pm-4:30pm
Ross North 201
Diane Woody 

Mandatory Orientation Session

All students will be required to attend one orientation session from those listed below. If you are accepted into the course, you will be contacted and asked to indicate which of these sessions best fits your schedule.

>> July 26 from 10 am to noon in TEL 0005
Additional dates, times and location TBA


Teaching Team

Course Coordinator 
Diane Beelen Woody, Associate Professor
Department of French Studies, Ross North 739

2017-2018 Instructors

Contact Fundamentals of Learning

If you have any questions or concerns please contact:

Rose Ciddio
Student Relations Coordinator
Office of the Associate Dean, Students
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies
Ross South 900
York University (Keele campus)
Tel: 416-736-2100 ext. 30249